Real-life quitters below share their stories about how they successfully quit smoking. We hope their experiences will help you on your quit journey.
Glad I quit
Hello everyone,this is my first attempt at quitting smoking in 37 years.I actually quit on June 26th 2018.7 days ago. I am so tired of smelling like an ashtray.Such a stink,dirty habit.Now I can smell better then ever,tastebuds came back stronger too.Looking forward to seeing how much money I save from not smoking close to 2 packs a day.Only had one craving 2nd day of quitting but distracted myself and the craving went away.I started out with the Nicorette gum but no longer feel the need to chew one.Good luck to all of those that are this path of cleaner living and healthier lungs....We got this.1 day at a time,stay strong. :)
Submitted by Melanie.V from Vancouver,B.C
Well this is my second time quitting smoking and I found it hard. Dealing with my childhood traumas is one of the hardest things a man can do. I recently got certified in LIFESKILLS COACH TRAINING. A very intense course, it started me smoking again. I'm dealing with my traumas and manage to put the smokes down again. I will continue to go forward without the smokes...
Submitted by Clarence George
I will do it
I had just started a new job after not working for six months due to a back injury . The night before my second shift, I fell and fractured my foot and ankle . There went my job. I started to think about the cost of smoking , not just the money but health as well. Since I am not working I can't afford to smoke. So I am 20 days smoke free. I am using the patch and when cravings are strong , I use an inhaler. One cartridge lasts me three days so I am not too dependent on it. Still better than a cigarette !
Submitted by Bsl
Minute by minute.
I am 63 and have pretty much been smoking steady since I was about 15. I have quit a few times over the years, but the longest I was smoke-free was for 2 1/2 years. I started again after this about 5 years ago and quit again once for about a year. I have always loved smoking ever since I started but what I was really hating about my life was that I was so dependent on things around my smoking habit and I felt like a derelict everywhere I went as not nearly as many people smoke these days and you pretty much have to hide yourself away to do it. I know I am not getting any younger and if I don't do it now, well, who knows. So far I've been lucky and other than smoking I have looked after my health fairly well. At any rate, this time I really am doing it for myself, no one else. I think that is the key for me! And....I go minute by minute, day by day and if I really feel that I just want to run out the door to the gas station and buy cigarettes, I just say to myself... breathe, relax, do something else and then I forget. I have a drink of water, I chew my gum, I go for walks and I just keep as active as possible. Walking is something that I really enjoy so getting out there, breathing in the ocean air and getting the vitamin D is huge for me. Now I have passed the 28 day mark and am feeling much less anxious and depressed and am just looking forward to what lies ahead of me. Also, I just bought myself a few new clothes online that will come in the mail... like a present... one of these days. I rarely shop and I live on small island so that is a big treat for me! I know there will always be the urge to smoke especially during stressful times, but I feel confident that I can beat this. XXX'ing my fingers and taking a deep breath! Karen
Submitted by Karen3
i started smoking again after 2-4 years of not smoking. the reason why i started smoking because i was doing my life story in a course im taking. it allows me to deal with all my childhood traumas i expierenced when i was young. Now that Im dealing with my issues i can now put the smokes down once n for all...
Submitted by Clarence George
You will never Regret it! Great to be a Non-Smoker!
Hello everybody, I am sharing my story with you as per Quit Now's encouragement. I used to smoke 15 to 20 cigarettes per day for 34 years. I had to smoke but hated it most of the time for all the typical reasons. Attempted to quit many times in the past, but those attempts never lasted more than a couple of days each time. This time around I used Quit Now + Allen Carr's "The Easy Way to Stop Smoking" together. I found this book just 3 weeks before I quit. Worked for me perfectly this time. Have not had a smoke since January 1, 2018. Didn't even apply any patches at all which I did obtain from London Drugs just a week before my Quit Day. Cravings were only strong for the first few days. No desire to pick up another cigarette again for the rest of my life. Can't even stand the smell of cigarettes now when I walk past smokers. The Easy Way really worked for me. My lungs can finally take in the right amount of air they are supposed to when I go for my runs. No coughing at all during or after runs anymore. Feel great waking up in the mornings. Feel awesome to be a non-smoker: what a normal me should have been for the past 34 years had I not picked up that first cigarette when I was just 14. Thank you Quit Now, my Quit Coach Alexandra, and Allen Carr's amazing book.
Submitted by VAN D M
Well, it’s been 1 month for me and I’m so very proud of myself. I’m using the nicotine patch and occasionally I chew a lozenge. My biggest craving is with my 1st cup of coffee, so I find having a lozenge really helps. My next hurdle is mid-afternoon and again a lozenge. The benefits have far outweighed my cravings. I can take wonderful deep breaths, I can walk without my legs having pain and my cat and clothes smell so much better. After being a smoker for 58 years I am committed to never lighting up again. Next hurdle, 2 months. I can do it, I can do it, I’ve got this one!!!
Submitted by Keremeos Kiddo
Well, I’m on day 30 of being smoke-free. What a great feeling it is. So far I’m very proud of my accomplishment but I know I still have a long way to go. I can breathe better and am able to walk my dogs without my legs getting weak and wobbly. The third week was my most challenging, but I toughed it out. I know if I can do it after 58 years of smoking anyone can conquer it . Remember, mind over matter. Hang in there!!
Submitted by Keremeos Kiddo
I FEEL LIKE THERE IS 2 OF ME,ONE HATES CIGGERETTES AND THE OTHER LOVES THEM!
I want to quit ,so badly and I do not want to give up !!I am doing it with CHAMPIX! I have stopped once before ,for about a year that was 30 years ago.I know I can do it ,but I also feel scared???funny, NOTHING TO FEAR ,ITIS ONLY A POSITIVE THING! I will write more later ,as I not in the mood !
Submitted by stbnonsmoker
Not there yet
This will be my 4th attempt. I smoke about half a pack a day. I have strong thoughts about quitting that consume my thoughts. I crave to quit smoking just as much as I crave to smoke! So I told myself January 2nd is the day! I started the patch. I still find myself smoking, just not AS MUCH as I was before. I find with me I don't "crave" as much as it has become a "habit" of going out on my work breaks, or just needing that minute or two to myself to decompress. I also am hugely afraid of gaining weight when I finally manage to quit. I have taken steps to ensure I am eating healthy snacks rather then junk food but its definitely still a work in progress. All I wanna do is quit but it is very hard.
Submitted by SKOTZ
Almost a year.......
Hi everyone......Just want to share my story. This Jan 21/2018 will be a year since I quit. No relapses, but still have the cravings occasionally. I lost my two best friends, one to cancer 2 years ago and one just 2 weeks ago to C.O.P.D. When I got sick last year and was outside freezing in the winter, with a cold, trying to smoke. It was finally enough, I was having trouble laying down and not wheezing, without having a cold... and here I was battling the weather my health and my sanity to have a couple of drags. And my dear friend I just lost, who could barely get air in was smoking too.......and I thought "NO way, I'm not doing this anymore" She sounded so terrible, I didn't want that to be me in the future. It was one of the most challenging things I've ever done, but with the nicorette inhaler I was able to get through the worst of it and now it's going to be a year soon. I can breathe!!! No more wheezing, or coughing like I used to. I can inhale deep , big breaths now. That was the first and most noticable payoff from quitting. I'm still getting used to calling myself a non-smoker , but I like the sound of it. I also thank the BC gov. for offering the cessation program, without the free product , I don't know it I would have made it. I never, ever thought I would or could quit, and I have , so don't give up, just keep on trying.
Submitted by Pa-Nic
My husband and I both quit just under 10 months ago and together with the exception of one relapse we have stayed smoke free, the withdrawal was horrible at times and even now the muscle and joint pain I have daily is bad but the coughing is gone, my lungs are clearing I'm feeling better that way and I will not start again though there are times I miss it if I am being honest. I am very grateful to have stopped and now understand how bad I must have smelled to a non smoker. Financially it's not that noticible just gets absorbed into daily cost. I do see why so many start again, the pain you might go through that I am experiencing is horrible but I did that to myself for 34 years
Submitted by jenn68
Nicotine addiction as "bonding"
Oh! How I have tried to quit smoking. I have set my quit date 3 times. When I got the e-mail saying I had been smoke-free for 3 weeks, I got really depressed. But I am determined and tomorrow is the day. I want to wake up and not have to make coffee, then go outside to the balcony and "bond" with a cigarette. It has become a ritual I enjoy so much, to relax, take a few moments to myself, be outside. But recently an addictions doctor wrote that addiction is not so much a chemical imbalance as it is a relationship of bonding with the addictive substance. We have friends who smoke, we go to places where we can smoke ( fewer and fewer there are), and we see fun or freedom in a cigarette. But I have started going to the gym and making lists of things I would like to buy if I wasn't buying cigarettes, so I am seriously hoping to "break the bond" cigarettes have on me, and say good-bye tomorrow to that smoking habit.
Submitted by Evan123
Why I Quit
Hey Everyone, I thought it might be time to tell my story. I was experiencing wheezing when I would go to bed each night that became so annoying and the fact that B.C. was banning Menthol cigarettes on Oct., 2nd I decided I would quit. I have never liked regular cigarettes so I really had no choice. I don't want to be walking around some day with oxygen or have chronic COPD. I've been smoking for 47 years so this is no easy feat and I did have a couple of slips but I don't want to go back to tobacco running my life. The mornings are still tough but as soon as I apply the patch and get the kettle going I manage to get past the urge that isn't as acute as in the beginning. I read now and or do a crossword to wake up and that helps. I also believe that God is helping me and that is comforting. I can't even recall how many times I have quit., once for 10 months, 8 months, 1 day LOL the thing is don't give up trying because deep down no one really enjoys being a slave to any drug. I wish you all the best. Debi
Submitted by Debi Shields
Meet Diane from Prince George, BC
I had been smoking for 58 years. When I decided that enough was enough I was smoking over two pkgs a day. I had tried everything over the years to quit, but nothing seemed to work for me. This time I was determined that I was quitting no matter what. I started using the 14mg patch, weaned down to 7mg, which I kept on for while. And no, I wasn't forced to quit smoking if that what some of you may be thinking. I quit because I was sick and tired of allowing cigs to take over my life, and throwing $124.00 a week to the wind, and living on a pension, meant a lot of times doing without something just to please my addiction. Today I don't have to say no to my friends when they invite me to join them for lunch, because now I have money to be able to do that and a whole lot more. And for anyone reading my story, read it a few times, because if I can do it after 58 years, I know anyone can.
Submitted by ladtdi
If you can dream it, you can have it.
Imagine every 'excuse' you can think of not to try to quit smoking- that is phase one Imagine every reason 'reason' you can come up with to not try to quit smoking - that is phase two Phase three, things change. You feel a pain in your lung when you have a cold that you've never felt before. You have pluracy. You notice that most mornings you wake up with a heavy chest and the dreaded smokers cough you swore you'd never get because you ould have quit before that would happen. Phase four - people far better than most start getting cancer, you name the type of cancer they get. You watch people that smoked as many, or more or less cigarettes than you die of cancer painfully and sometimes very quickly. Phase five - you get real with yourself. You make your plan. your garner your support system, you choose your quit method. You take that first step, and then the next and you never look back. You protect your quitting process, and make it a huge priority in your life. You never say never, but you get to a point where you know that the question is not 'Do I want a cigarette'? but 'Do I want to be a smoker again'? To which the answer is always no. There is no such thing as one cigarette. Each time you put a cigarette in your mouth, you are only trying to feel as good as you did before you became addicted to nicotine. You can only feel that good again by quitting. What are you waiting for, your life and good health are waiting! All the very best to you on this amazingly rewarding journey.
Submitted by Mom1
Hello all. It is great to see so many people trying to quit smoking. I have smoked a pack a day for over 35 years. However, it has been a month since my last cigarette. Sure, I have gained a few pounds but losing the weight will be easy compared to quitting smoking. Good luck to you all. Don't stop trying even if you give into the temptation once in a while.
Submitted by samsethi62
I tried to quit at least 7 times throughout years. I tried the patch, gum, lozenges, zyban and champix. Nothing worked. One time I would quit for a couple of months and my husband continued to smoke so I started again. then my husband would quit and I couldn't. We couldn't seem to get the urge to quit at the same time. We had to much stress in our lives to quit, we have smoked for to many years to quit or it was just a way of life. these are the excuses we told ourselves. Then my husband was diagnosed with MS and the stress load in the house quadrupled. So we told ourselves what is the use making our lives any more difficult and decided to quit trying to quit. My husband's health declined at an alarming rate that we became numb to everything. Our lives came to a stand still. Then in October 15 2015 my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and was terminal. Our world tipped upside down, yet still we smoked. October 28 our 7 year old dog died of a seizure, November 24 our 10 year old dog had to be put down. and on December 14 2015 my husband died. I was left alone. I was numb, lost, scared. so I continued to smoke. I felt why bother quitting. at this point I didn't care if I lived or died. But I survived and grew stronger. In February 2017 I decided to quit smoking. I went immediately to my doctor before I could change my mind and told him I wanted to quit smoking and got a prescription for champix. I didn't start taking the champix immediately. I started by waiting in the morning before I had my first smoke of the day. then I started to wait as long as I could after eating before I had a smoke. I also started getting into the car and driving without lighting up immediately. Then once I wrapped my head around the fact that I was going to be a non smoker, I started to take the champix. 3 weeks after starting the champix I was down to 4 or 5 smokes a day, and I realized it was just out of habit and not because I actually wanted to smoke. I started to feel excited about the challenge of quitting. So while I was still feeling excited I quit. I got rid of all my ashtrays and lighters. I'm now 2 months 22 days smoke free. I rarely think of cigarettes anymore. My grief is still raw some days, and I did buy smokes on my way to work when the grief overwhelmed me. I smoked 1/2 a cigarette when I realized how much I lost, how much those cigarettes took from me. and was I willing to throw away all that agony and pain so easily. Did I lose everything just to throw it all away. I ended up giving away the smokes as soon as I got to work. Some days the guilt of "what if we would of quit back then" enters my mind. I realize neither one of us was ready. what ifs will drag you down and ruin your life. My husband used to tell me "Robin just breathe, the past is the past for a reason. Don't look back, just look to the future" So that is what I'm doing. I am breathing as a non smoker. Food is tasting way more flavorful then I ever remembered it being. My sense of smell is amazing. The pain in my legs is way less as well. I am gaining weight. But I've battled a lot in my life, I can win that battle too. I am strong. I am a winner. I will succeed.
Submitted by Robin G